Beauty

Ellie Goldstein’s skincare routine + more news

Plus, find out what your pee says about you (enlightening!), check out the nail trends to ask for now, the most iconic beauty looks ever, and how to beat the sexual recession. Enjoy!
Golden girl Ellie
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Golden girl Ellie

If British model Ellie Goldstein isn’t on your radar then she needs to be – immediately! She started modelling when she was 15 and has quickly become the most famous model with Down syndrome, starring in campaigns for Gucci and Nike, bagging the cover of Allure and winning Glamour‘s Game-changing Model of the Year 2021 along the way. And according to a new survey compiled by diys.com, she now has the most popular beauty how-to video on vogue.com. Her guide to clear skin and feeling confident has had 400k+ views and the highest percentage of likes. And it’s no wonder. Not only is she wonderfully joyful, but her routine is savvy and budget-friendly. She relies on Simple Kind To Skin Moisturising Facial Wash (50ml) to get her skin clean, followed by Pixi Clarity Tonic (250ml) and then Weleda Skin Food Light (30ml). Supermodel skin is just a few easy steps away.

Mirror, mirror…
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Mirror, mirror…

… on the wall, what is the most iconic make-up look of them all? There’s a good chance you’ve got images of Marilyn Monroe rocking a beautiful red lip floating in your head right now. And you’re not wrong, as new research shows the most iconic beauty trends of all time are (in order) red lipstick, a smokey eye and trusty false lashes. If you want to rock a timeless look, these are our top picks – for a power pout (don’t you just love how makeup can elevate your mood?), try Elf XX Jen Atkin Lip Duo Red-y To Go – it’ll stay put for hours! Next up, for a sultry and ultra-flattering eye (amateur or not) Max Factor Smokey Eye Drama Kit – Opulent Nude is a winner – simply blend all the nudey shades together. And for the ultimate drama, the Eylure Fluttery Light No.117 False Eyelashes are a no-brainer – they’re light, fluttery and give that extra bit of length and thickness – without looking too much.

How to get out of the ‘sex recession’
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How to get out of the ‘sex recession’

It’s not just the economy that’s taken a hit this last year and a bit – there’s also been pandemic-induced sexual downturn, too (well it is hard to keep the sexual sizzle alive when living in a perpetual state of fear). But a new survey of 1,500 coupled-up women by sexual wellness app Lover has pinpointed just what women need to help liven up their love lives. And, quelle surprise (not!), the list includes increased self-confidence; romance; foreplay; a higher libido… and less anxiety. But there’s good news for the middle-aged among us, 45-54-year-olds are having the best time in the bedroom, with over 13% saying they had no need for improvement on the nooky front, way more than any other age group. If you want to get back to those bonking boom-times, Lover has launched an advice-based text service for those who feel a little too embarrassed to talk to an expert face to face. You can also read about spicing up your sex life here, too. Good luck!

Where are you on the pee colour chart?
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Where are you on the pee colour chart?

In a somewhat genius campaign idea, colour expert icons, Pantone, have joined forces with nutritionist Lily Soutter and Highland Spring to devise a ‘Pee Healthy Guide’. So if you’re one of the 40% of Brits unsure of how much fluid to drink for the optimum pee shade (and hydration factor), use the Pantone colour chart as a guideline.  Spoiler alert: the lighter the shade the healthier it is. (6-8 glasses of fluid a day should do the trick.) Feel a bit daunted about necking that much H2O? Here are some simple ways to make it a pleasure, not a bore. Lily recommends infusing a jug of water overnight with fresh berries, mint, ginger, cucumber or lemon. Or brew fruit tea and leave it in the fridge overnight (she recommends berry or peppermint flavours). Or, given the inclement May weather we’ve been having (thanks, Universe), a warm ginger, apple or cinnamon tea will up your hydration factor and stave off the cold-weather shivers. Get glugging!

Most-wanted manis
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Most-wanted manis

A good mani can make you feel better in an instant, right? So if you want some crème de la crème designs as inspo for your next appointment (or if you’re a dab hand at DIY), here are the top nail trends on Instagram.

In at No.1 is – Marble nails: The most popular of them all (with over 1.8million hashtags!), this look is timeless but can be a tricky one without an expert, so luckily you can cheat a pro finish with’Boots Pre-Glued Nails in Snap, Crackle & Pop – Blue Marble.

Just behind at No.2 – Galaxy nails. We’re talking a magical mixture of dark blues, blacks and iridescent purples, all topped off with some starry glitter polish! This is a great DIY option, as it doesn’t matter if you aren’t precise.

And at No.3 – Gradient nails. Quirky and colourful, the aim is to paint each nail a slightly different variation of the main shade. To make it summery, you could start with a soft powdery orange and finish up with a vivid wash of coral.

Psst, if you want other must-try trends, check out these punchy pastel nails now.